In International Connection, the English as a second language program at RBC, we strive to meet 3 main goals as a ministry. They are:
- To provide quality English classes to the immigrant community around us
- To be a place of community where people can make friends and feel a sense of belonging.
- To “sow the seed” of the gospel in a basic way – to let everyone know that God loves them.
We hold classes on Tuesday nights and on Wednesday mornings from September through early May for adult internationals, in four academic levels. Free childcare is also provided during class times as well as a Homework Club, which is tutoring for the grade school children of our evening students. This fulfills the first goal on our list as we endeavor to improve our students’ lives through language acquisition.
The second goal – that of building community – is something that was evident this past spring in our morning advanced level class. They so enjoyed each others’ company and the English conversation practice that they organized their own weekly gatherings in each others’ homes for 8 weeks after the spring semester ended! They felt a bond of friendship with one another as well as with their teachers. They also needed a forum for problem-solving the various issues that they are met with every day of their lives in this newly-adopted country. Through the course of this felt need, seeds of the gospel were also interspersed – goal number three.
If this type of ministry interests you or if you have any questions about any part of this program, please contact me, Susan Morinaga, at email@example.com. As it stands now, there are few teacher and assistant teacher needs for Sept. 2015.